Do Not Lose Heart

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness is not losing heart.

In today’s verse, God is pointing out we should view all earthly adversity in comparison with our future heavenly glory. When we do this, we should be strengthened to endure our human trials.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV), “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

What the Verse Means:

While our bodies (outward man) grow old and suffer from diseases, our spiritual side (inward man) is renewed daily. Too often we only focus on the things we see in this present life. We need to also focus on the spiritual, that is the things that are not seen but given to us by God as a future promise.

These are only seen with our “spiritual eyes.” It takes belief. A part of faith is believing that what God has promised he will undoubtedly bring to pass. I have confidence in God’s word and promises.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, help me to focus on you and not lose heart.
  • Lord Jesus, help me remember that while my outer body is perishing, yet my inward body is being renewed daily.
  • God, I realize the chronic illness I am facing won’t last forever but is working in me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
  • Lord God, help me to not look at my circumstances which are temporary but to look on the things that are not now seen, but eternal.

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post.

One thought on “Do Not Lose Heart

  1. Thank you, Jimmie. Yes, this message definitely applies to chronic illnesses–sufferers and caregivers will definitely benefit from your scripture, reflection, and prayers. But, “not losing heart” can apply to so many of our daily trials so the beauty of your words have a much farther reach. Such a wonderful and loving message. Thank you for sharing.

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